Toeing the line between last-call drunken rabblerousing and a fiery power-pop band nursed on bare-bones punk and garage rock, Pure Country Gold are a debaucherous duo who pride themselves on making a whole lot of glorious noise. Made up of thumping drummer Jake Welliver and howling frontman Petey Foss, the local twosome are celebrating the release of their latest slab of vinyl (titled P.C.G.E.P.) on Dirtnap spinoff label Green Noise Records. Foss took a moment to talk about their new EP, the band's upcoming trip to Minnesota for the Deep Blues Festival, and how a chocolate 7-inch just won't cut it.
MERCURY: The music of Pure Country Gold always seems to sound better on vinyl. As an artist do you have a preference of how your music is released?
FOSS: I don't understand why anybody would ever release something and not at least shoot for a vinyl release. In 10, 20, 50 years, somebody is going to find one of our records for a dollar at a yard sale, take it home, and hear our music with all them scratches and pops on it. That's an awesome thought. There ain't no yard sales on the interweb.
Tell me a little about the new 7-inch, P.C.G.E.P.
We had plans to do a pretty big tour this summer around that Deep Blues Fest and wanted to have something new to sell on the road. Ken [Cheppaikode] approached us about doing a single for his Green Noise label so we rushed to get it out before the tour. We're ready to do a full-length, but since our label, Empty, called it quits, we don't have anyone prodding us to get it done. We'll be going into the studio later in the summer and [will] hopefully find a label to put it out.
How do you think Pure Country Gold will go over at the Deep Blues Festival?
When we first got the invite I was a little hesitant because I don't consider us that "bluesy" and I'm a guy who kinda hates most of the two-piece Black Keys/Fat Possum wannabe bands out there, which we are sometimes unreasonably likened to. But there are lots of great acts playing the fest and the organizers are real passionate about what they're doing and I think our particular brand of bluesy awesomeness will make us stand out—if anybody actually shows up at noon to see us.
Recently a band pressed a (working) 7-inch on a slab of chocolate and I've heard of records made out of cardboard as well. If Pure Country Gold could press a record on any substance, what would it be?
A human skull.
Pure Country Gold celebrate their 7-inch release at the Tonic Lounge on Saturday, June 28.